Special Issue "Going Beyond Comparative Ethics: Post-Comparative Ethics in Philosophic and Religious Traditions"

A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444). This special issue belongs to the section "Religions and Humanities/Philosophies".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 September 2024 | Viewed by 182

Special Issue Editors

Department of Philosophy, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA 90045, USA
Interests: Chinese and comparative philosophy; Daoist philosophy; women and philosophy
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Dr. Daniel Sarafinas
Guest Editor
Department of Philosophy, East China Normal University, Shanghai 201100, China
Interests: Chinese philosophy; critical philosophy; Daoist philosophy

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The profusion of research in comparative ethics and increasing demand for scholars to exhibit familiarity with multiple religious or philosophical traditions is reflective of the new opportunities and problems presented by an increasingly globalized world. The growing popularity of comparative ethics, however, has also highlighted its methodological limitations and deficiencies. Simplistic comparisons of similarities and differences among systems of philosophic and religious ethics, often implicitly framed according to “the West and the Rest,” can significantly impede engagement with ethical frameworks such that real-world ethical and philosophic problems are addressed. As such, the exploration and development of new methods of comparative ethics, methods that encompass a spectrum of conflicting ethical principles across traditions while eschewing chauvinistic or dogmatic adherence to a singular worldview or set of values, remains a paramount scholarly pursuit.

In the spirit of navigating possible avenues for comparative philosophic and religious ethics, we are pleased to invite contributions for this Special Issue of Religions on “Going Beyond Comparative Ethics: Post-Comparative Ethics in Philosophic and Religious Traditions.” We ask contributors to consider approaches to comparative ethics that (1) reflect a diversity of ethical perspectives, (2) go beyond simplistic comparisons, and (3) incorporate and integrate ethical perspectives from diverse ethical traditions in the service of addressing real world religious and philosophical problems, personal, political, technological, or otherwise. Insofar as this issue focuses more specifically on religious ethics as opposed to secular ethics, submissions are encouraged to explore comparisons (and integrations) between geographically, politically, or temporally distinct ethical frameworks that relate to, for example, the basis of moral authority, sources of moral/ethical values, the role of faith, modes of worship, motivation for morality, or any variety of ethical concerns oriented around religious traditions and their philosophic considerations. The objects of research in this post-comparative ethics are open to any and all philosophic and religious traditions, including indigenous, aboriginal, and African philosophies and religions in addition to those of “the West” or “the East.”

We kindly request that potential contributors please submit their essay according to Religions’ standard guidelines.

We request that, prior to submitting a manuscript, interested authors initially submit a proposed title and an abstract of 200–300 words summarizing their intended contribution. Please send it to the guest editors ([email protected]; [email protected]) or to the Religions editorial office ([email protected]). Abstracts will be reviewed by the guest editors for the purposes of ensuring proper fit within the scope of the Special Issue. Full manuscripts will undergo double-blind peer-review.

Prof. Dr. Robin Wang
Dr. Daniel Sarafinas
Guest Editors

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  • ethics
  • good
  • meanings
  • choices
  • ethical standards and principles
  • contemporary moral problems

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